Nordic Combined

The Associated Press - Saturday Jan. 4, 2014 08:06 ET

Tim Hug wins Nordic combined World Cup event

Winner Tim Hug of of Switzerland makes his jump during the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaikovsky, Russia, on Saturday. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press)

Tim Hug of Switzerland took advantage of a weakened start field to claim his first career Nordic combined World Cup victory on Saturday in Chaikovskiy, Russia. 

Hug was 10th after the ski jump portion on the normal hill but worked his way up the field in the 10-kilometre cross-country race to finish in 27 minutes, 44.9 seconds. Bjoern Kircheisen of Austria was 5.7 seconds back in second place and Miroslav Dvorak of the Czech Republic came another 2.6 behind in third. 

Most of the top medal contenders for the Sochi Olympics skipped the meet in Chaikovskiy, a town in the Ural mountains more than 1,000 kilometers east of Moscow. 

Evgeniy Klimov of Russia led after the ski jump but couldn't keep up in the cross-country race and finished 39th. 

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